Author Archive: Ron
Founder of Faith Coaching Network. An adventurist at heart and a creative in spirit. Ron is a noted story collector, collecting the stories of the fingerprints of God.
Remember the nameless, rich young leader who asked Jesus, “What should I do now?” It seems that he had reached the state of uneventful comfort. Life had settled into a pattern of predictability. He had his religious life in order, but inside there was a haunting suspicion that there could be more. There has got to be more to this “God” life, than just keeping all the rules.
If you are like me, you too have visited the state of uneventful comfort. It’s easy for church life to shrink into a Sunday routine–a pattern of predictability.
Jesus had a simple answer to the young man’s question: An offer–“Follow me!” Get rid of your security blanket and step into the adventure of a lifetime. High demand? Yes! The journey into mystery demands it. After all, who knows what God has in mind?
For years I saw only demand (the sacrifice, the cost of discipleship) in this passage, while missing the offer Jesus put on the table. If you just look at the demand, it can seem like a sentence, or punishment.
Hear this: focus on the offer, the faith adventure. It’s a calling, a profound opportunity. Jesus is offering an internship with the Son of God.
Today, I’m convinced that many turn down the offer, not because of the demands, they simply don’t want adventure. It’s too unpredictable. They choose to stay in the comfort zone surrounded by ordinary expectations.
How about you? What have you chosen? Are you still surrounded by comfort and security, or have you chosen an Internship filled with mystery and danger?
In Wild Goose Chase, Mark Batterson shares a passage from the diary of Christopher Columbus:
On the edge of medieval maps, cartographers used to inscribe the Latin phrase “terra incognita.” Naysayers and doomsayers believed that if you ventured too far into unknown territory, you would either fall of the edge of the flat earth or run into two-headed dragons, but that didn’t stop a few brave souls from venturing into the uncharted waters.
Columbus was actually trying to find a westward route to the Indies, something many experts assumed was impossible. He was no saint. In his own diary, he confessed: “I am a most unworthy sinner.” But Columbus also stated that it wasn’t intelligence, or mathematics, or maps that made his voyage a success. Columbus credited the Holy Spirit with the idea. “It was the Lord who put it into my mind. (I could feel His hand upon me). The fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.”
God did it. It started with an idea that become a dream that become a mission that became an adventure that defined the man. What defines you? Comfort? Safety? Security? Keeping the rules? Accepting the offer?
Novelist Andre Gide observed, “People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” They have to have a time of unlearning to make them ready for adventure.
Send me an email: Tell me the most dangerous thing God has put in your path. What happened? How was your faith affected?
Are you caged inside the walls of church or limited by your assumptions? Are you ready to be dangerous for God? If Jesus was engaged in a one-on-one conversation with you, what would he want you to unlearn? “You’ve heard it said…, but I tell you…” Another way of asking, What assumptions and misguided beliefs are limiting God’s plan for your next big risk?
Faith always questions the status quo. So, quit praying for safety and protection. Ask God for the courage to challenge assumptions, to get dangerous. Check out http://packingforlife.com